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Should I Invest in a Ductless Mini-Split System?

If you're considering a new system to cool (or heat) your home, a ductless mini-split may be the answer. Ductless mini-split systems consist of one outdoor unit and multiple indoor units. The indoor units can work together to cool and heat your whole home, and they can also supply cold or warm air individually, providing zoned heating and cooling. Already widely installed in Japan and Europe, these duct-free heating and cooling systems have been gaining popularity across the United States, and for good reason.

Below, we'll outline the significant benefits of installing a ductless mini-split system in your home instead of a central HVAC system with ductwork.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split System?

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1. Lower Energy Bills

Just as the name states, ductless mini-split systems don't have ducts, eliminating a waste of energy. As air travels through the ductwork of a traditional system, there's a chance of air leaks, heat loss during winter, and heat gain during summer.

These factors make a traditional system less efficient, which can result in higher energy bills. In fact, the Department of Energy reports that duct losses can account for more than 30% of the energy used for space conditioning! Because mini-splits deliver hot or cold air directly to you, you won’t have to worry about duct losses.

2. Zoning

With a mini-split system, you can install one or multiple indoor units in your home. This helps keep every family member in your home comfortable by allowing each person to control each room's temperature. For instance, your living room can be set to one temperature while your bedroom can be set to another.

This zone control can come in handy, especially if you own a multi-story home. When the weather gets hot, your upper stories can end up uncomfortably warm compared to your home's ground floor. Instead of spending energy and money trying to cool both areas of your home equally, a mini-split lets you direct "cooling power" to your home's upper floors, where it's needed.

3. Easy Installation

Because no ductwork is required, these systems are relatively simple for an HVAC contractor to install. If you already have ductwork in some areas of your home, you can install mini-split units in rooms that the ductwork doesn't reach — like an attic, sunroom, or a recently built addition.

Trust Our Experts with Your Ductless Mini-Split Installation

At Scott Harrison Plumbing and Heating, Inc., we understand that installing a new HVAC system is a long-term investment in your comfort, and we want to help you make the best decision to meet your needs. Contact our team today online or at (714) 695-5566 to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect heating and cooling solution for your Orange County home.